Baci Bistro
Baci Bistro

Baci Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bacibistro.com/
  • Phone: (808) 262-7555
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM.
    Dinner: Daily: 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Reza Azeri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kuulei Rd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: For lunch, guests use the public parking lot just behind the restaurant. For dinner there is a parking garage adjacent to the restaurant which is reserved for guests of Baci Bistro
A word from Baci Bistro
Kailua"s popular Baci Bistro serves "European cuisine with an Italian flair". While chef Reza creates mouthwatering dishes, his partner, Bill, greets diners at the door while the whole staff contributes to the friendly, family flavor of the restaurant. Baci Bistro is rather intimate, with an old-world atmosphere reminiscent of Rome and Florence. Guest have the option of dining inside with its atrium setting, on the covered lanai, or at the food bar where they can sit and watch Chef Reza work his culinary magic.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Baci Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)special occasion (24)romantic (22)fit for foodies (20)great for outdoor dining (19)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (5)good for groups (5)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great food, charming restaurant
    KaneoheKaren
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Even though our reservations did not show up on the restaurants computer they seated us promptly. The restaurant is small, charming eclectic with nice romantic lighting. Everyone at our table thoroughly enjoyed their meal. This is one of the places we bring visiting guests.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Windward Gem!
    GR8place
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I have been to this restaurant many times, and although I live in town, it is well worth the trip over. Excellent service combined with great tasting food and special dishes make it a very pleasant dining experience. They also have a great wine list to satisfy those that indulge. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love - as always
    overstreetjj
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Baci (outdoor seating) is our go-to place for date nights, family nights, when company is in town and any other occasion we can think of. Love, love, love it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kama'aina favorite
    LTVL
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have been going to Baci for 9 years! Friendly,professional service and amazing consistent food quality! Thanks to Bill, Gabe, Caroline and Matt it just feels like ohana.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • needs AC and timely seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A very confused older gentleman greeted us after about 5 minutes of standing in the doorway. We told him we had 7:30 reservations and he said he'd be back in a minute, fast forward 15 minutes and we are still standing and waiting for a seat. After we finally got seated, it was sweltering hot, they really need a fan or at least working AC here. Food was decent, but grossly overpriced even by Hawaii standards. 34 bucks for a small piece of salmon and 25 for the oft reviewed truffle gnocchi. The description of gnocchi stuffed with truffles was a bit misleading, really it was just plain gnocchi with truffle oil drizzled on top. Basically if you like waiting around and eating overpriced food in sweltering heat, this is your place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the food.
    Shoocat
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food here is always great. I love the truffle stuffed gnocchi which is a special not on the regular menu but I'm glad they seem to have it pretty regularly. Their salads on special never disappoint. This time we had the tomato salad special as an appetizer. Two types of tomato with cheese and vinaigrette. The cheese was some sort of gorgonzola. It was amazing. I brought my kids because I lost my sitter and it was fine and the staff was accomodating and they do have highchairs. They do offer kids pastas and they are reasonable. Drawbacks: the restaurant is small so it is crowded feeling, bad waitress but the owner was helping to wait and he was excellent and friendly. Its also a little hot in the summer so dress lightly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Gem
    Happy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We love knowing that the food is always good and the service goes out of their way to be friendly and help you with what ever you need.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't bother
    JRBB
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was good and they have a nice wine list. However my wine glass had dried food bits on it and when I point it out and asked for a clean glass, the waiter sighed heavily as he walked away. I had to flag down someone to refill my water glass after it had been empty about 15 minutes. We had a coupon which the waiter took and said nothing when he handed us the check. He did not deduct the coupon from our bill. When we asked about it, he said the coupon had expired. The expiration date is in October which we told him, he said "they told me it was expired". We told him to go look at it, again with the sighing. Finally he acknowledged that it was not expired and corrected the bill. AND our credit card has been charged twice!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Amazing! The food is perfect in every way. Cooked to perfection, hard to believe with as many items that they offer, All fresh items every day. Several specials. We have been going since they opened and it is as good as the day they opened their doors!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Growing up in an Italian family, I have a very difficult time justifying eating out at Italian restaraunts. My fiancé was craving it though, and I wasn't up for cooking, so we came here. The food was fantastic! I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. I'll definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday dinner
    kentuckyvegan
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    It was my birthday, so not an everyday thing for me to be going to a place like this. The food was fantastic, especially the vegetable risotto, but the service was very slow and we were not happy about this. Our servers were nice and helpful, but I was not given a wine menu when I asked for one, and it took a long time just for us to get our bread. Thankfully the food was good enough that I considered it to be worth the wait, but still, didn't think I would need to ask multiple times for a wine menu. The server was very helpful in helping me pick a wine, however, and even though it was very busy everyone still stayed nice and professional. I would still recommend the place, but be sure you have a reservation! Space is limited and fills up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but...
    OntheGo
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Congested seating, high traffic minimal privacy due to relatively small dining area. We're told that because we booked on line rather than directly through the restaurant, we would not be given the more favorable seating
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Molto Bene!!!
    jwland99
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Awesome as always. Excellent service...meal was outstanding. We will keep up our monthly visits.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh and yummy!
    RJMM
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My family and I love going to Baci when we want clean, fresh delicious Italian food. The food at Baci is never over seasoned or complicated. The service is always very friendly and accommodating. The only thing is I hope one day they can renovate the restaurants decor, clean it up a bit....not to fond of the big window with nothing much to look at. Other then that, one of the best Italian restaurants on Oahu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oahu's best Italian
    Gavrilo2
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Superb chef, best Italian on Oahu, and I've been to Italy dozens of times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Customer service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had an appt thru open table for 2. Arrived on time and was seated at the very entrance where customers wait for their reservations. No privacy and poor atmosphere. Asked the server if they could move us to a different table. Even though there were 2 other tables open they refused to move us. Ended up leaving. Never going back
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A little disappointing
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Service was terrific. However, the food was hit or miss. The burrata salad was very good and the della casa salad good. Was not a fan of the eggplant melanzane appetizer. The vongole was very good, but the buccatini pomodoro was pretty average. The buccatini also used a thicker pasta which I did not care for. This was not a bad place by any means, but overall considering the reviews I did expect a little more. I would come back if I were in the area, but would not plan a special trip from town to eat here as I did this time. IMO, La Cucina and Sabrina's are better. However, a positive is that the food wait time is not nearly as long as those two places.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love This Restaurant!
    Patriots2013VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Best Italian food outside of Italy. The charbroiled calamari is to die for. Pastas and sauces were excellent. One of the few restaurants in Honolulu that serves burata- Yummy! I would recommend this establishment without hesitation. The chef really knows his stuff . . . FANTASTICO!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but service lagged.
    annemw
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Baci Bistro was crowded this night - a Wednesday around 7:30 PM. We were greeted very nicely and seated within 3 minutes (we did have reservations). We did get our server pretty quickly, but it took a long time before she came back to take our orders, and our guests (from Switzerland who had been to Baci Bistro twice before) and us were looking back and forth at each other wondering when she would come back. We had to flag her down finally. Our guests said their food was good, my partner did not like his choice (meat was dried out) and my vegetable risotto was average - not a lot of flavor. The tiramisu was very good. We've had better experiences at Baci Bistro before.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Everything was great, but it took forever to get ....anything- water, wine, bread, even the birthday cake we brought to celebrate. We've eaten their before and not had a problem, maybe it was just that night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 176 reviews are from the Baci Bistro reviews archive.
  • Love eating here
    Nuttlie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is awesome and the serve is equally awesome. My husband likes the wine selection.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Kailua Spot!
    kailuagirl
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This is a great spot for all who live or visit Kailua. The food is always good and the specials are always fresh and great tasting. Love this place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite restaurants
    JillhVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Baci Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants in Kailua. Excellent service, amazing food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the cheesecake!
    HawaiiBeerLoverVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Made a reservation and was sat immediately...many guests were waiting on a Monday night. Service was prompt and attentive, not too intrusive. Food was fresh and all made in house...gnocchi were perfect. If you save room, you absolutely have to have the cheesecake...it it awesome! (be aware, they run out of the cheesecake often because it's so popular)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food.
    BengalBarry
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    It's a little on the pricey side, but worth it for the occasional dinner. Every dish I've tried has been amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    luvs2eat
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I have been to Baci's about four times. The food is good I can not say it is outstanding. The service is fair to good had to wait on water and cheese. I am not that picky but I do like good service. it was very noisy that night. Baci is a good place to eat in Kailua. It is very cute on the inside I think eating outside is too loud.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent and Delicious!
    Gavrilo2
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Always first rate and authentic. Chef produces good as in Italy, tasteful with great product, simplicity and soul. Family operated atmosphere. Friendly, bustling ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bacimediocrity
    Michael
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Cold appetizer - warm Service - inadequate Calamari - CHEWY
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Craving Italian in Kialua?
    LouZilla
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Baci Bistro is a good find in older part of Kialua. There's a full bar that delivers a good dirty martini; an adequate wine list, and with one exception, great food. The bruschetta & carpaccio were tempting & the Ceaser salad was delicious. My pappardelle del campo was delicious & the rigatoni & gnocchi dishes were devoured by the others in our party. However, one of our party had linguini alle vongole & half the clams were gritty, not washed well enough. As far as service, our waitress was superb, making sure that every thing was delivered promptly & correctly. A good time was had by all, & if the clams hadn't been gritty this would have made it a full five star experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JRJazz
    JRjazz
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Love the name you gave me! We took neighbors there who had never been before - they thought it was very good...and so did we! Matthew was great! He's very animated & we felt he actually enjoyed his job! That's the second time he's been our waiter & he's very good at his job.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal; outstanding service
    Lilikoi
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My family and I really enjoyed our dinner here. We ordered the gnocchi with truffles as an appetizer (recommended by our server); they were absolutely perfect little pillows. So tasty, and sharing them is a wonderful way to enjoy them. My husband and I both ordered the nightly special items: four-cheese ravioli for him and fresh fish (Mong Chong) with vegetables for me. Both were excellent meals. The service was four-star! Absolutely first-rate. She was a true professional and took exceptional care of our children and us. We'll definitely be going back and recommending it to friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    ScottsdaleVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    What a find !!! We ate here 2 nights in a row, because the food was SO FRESH AND INCREDIBLY GOOD!!! Pat, our waitress, was also fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time around
    SteveK
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Again, the food was great. Full of flavor and hot when it arrived. Service was very good and accomodating. Red wines are served at room (read "warm") temperature and need to be chilled a bit to get to a proper cellar temperature. The wine list is available on line so when making your reservation ask that your red wine be cooled in ice and water for 20 minutes before you arrive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Baci Bistro
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We have been going to Baci's for years. The food, service and friendly greeting from Bill is outstanding every time. I had the pasta with sausage, my lunch partner had the ravioli. Both were great and plentiful. I had to take half of my meal home. Great anti-pasto salad as an appetizer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Baci was great
    SteveK
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The food was well done with obvious passion. The Caesar was divine. I had the Pappardelle Del Campo which was full of flavor and a generous portion. My wife had the ravioli and she said it was fabulous. We shared the Caesar and a bottle of Zinfandel. The bill was $85 plus tip... very reasonable!! The restaurant was a bit loud but fun. Our server, Carole was great and very attentive without being obtrusive. A great experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back.
    Happy
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great place. We will be back again and again. A little hideaway in Kailua that was a wonderful find.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kailua Town Gem!
    Shiggz
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The Truffle Gnocchi is theeeeee bomb dot com! Great place with a very home-like feel. Definitely make a reservation because this place gets busy, and can only seat so many people. Definitely Recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnifico!
    jwland99
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Awesome as always! Classic dishes executed with precision...absolutely delicious!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Longtime patron
    wannabefoodie
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I've been enjoying Baci Bistro for some 30+ years now and through multiple changes of locations, they never disappoint. The food has always been consistent throughout the years and I dare say better than most, if not all Italian eateries on the island. Service is always impeccable, and the dessert menu, while limited to a few items, is to die for!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cute little Italian restaurant
    KaneoheKaren
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    This is our favorite Italian restaurant in Kailua. Good food and nice atmosphere. One of the go to places when we have company.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate